Step back in time as you listen to original recordings of bluegrass artists and watch as bluegrass legends talk and perform on video. Learn about the lives, stories and careers of the legendary musicians who made bluegrass famous as you watch documentaries created through this museum's Video Oral History Project. These documentaries capture first and early second generation bluegrass artists as they recount their stories, struggles, and successes through the burgeoning time period of the 1940s and 50s all the way to the present day. Many also include musical footage or a recorded concert. Peruse interactive displays featuring photographs, music, and memorabilia from the founding fathers of this unique, enduring genre of music.
The Museum is 45 minutes SE of Evansville, IN; 2 hours west of Louisville, KY; 2 hours north of Nashville, TN; 4 hours south of Indianapolis, IN; 3+ hours east of St. Louis. It lies along the Ohio River which forms the boundary between Indiana and Kentucky, mid-way between Louisville and Paducah. Major airports are in Louisville, Nashville, and Evansville. Commercial airline service to Owensboro is provided by Legion Air and American Airlines.
||117 Daviess Street,
between the river and Second Street
||207 East Second Street
Owensboro, Kentucky 42303
|Phone: 270-926-7891 Toll-free: 888-MY BANJO (888-692-2656)
Owensboro is now served by Cape Air with two or three flights a day to and from St Louis. Allegiant Air also services OWB with flights each week to
Orlando-Sanford, Florida and Las Vegas.
Hours and Admission
Contact us in advance for group rates, or to reserve the Museum for your function.
Museum Members are always admitted free.
|Adults (all ages)
The Museum is open
Tuesday through Saturday
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, CST
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, CST
|Students (through college)
|Children age 6 and under
Two-hour street parking is available alongside the museum on Second and Daviess streets.
The parking structure across from the Museum’s entrance offers 2 hours of free parking. Limited RV and bus parking is available behind the RiverPark/International Bluegrass Music Museum complex.
Call 1-888-MY BANJO for more information.
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